PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Waukesha West 73,Waukesha South 31
Energy, confidence carry Wolverines
By James R. Hoffman
WAUKESHA – The Wolverines were full of energy and confidence.
And it helped the Waukesha West High School boys basketball team steamroll host Waukesha South 73-31 in a Classic 8 Conference game Friday.
West dominated the play from every spot on the court. West 6-foot-8 sophomore center D.P. Burt held grabbed 11 rebounds, scored seven points and blocked four shots.
He was also effective in more subtle ways. Offensively, he drew defenders toward the lane and away from West’s shooters, to whom he found for two assists. And his numbers on defense were felt beyond the box score. Burt influenced almost every play in the lane, forcing South players into awkward adjustments and low-percentage shots.
The Blackshirts shot just 14 of 55 (26 percent) from the field and had seven shots blocked.
“When you’re the opposing player and you’re driving to the lane, that’s 6-8 in your face,” West senior guard Earnest Cowser said of Burt. “He kind of bails out our guards. Just in case somebody blows past one of us, we’ve got nothing to worry about.”
West coach David Schultz
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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Waukesha West 69,Arrowhead 61
Cowser answers for Wolverines
Senior’s late burst lifts West
By Tom Badger
WAUKESHA – The importance of being Earnest played out Tuesday in the Waukesha West High School gym – and not in the school’s auditorium.
When the curtain fell, Earnest Cowser’s performance got rave reviews as West rallied for a 69-61 Classic 8 Conference victory over Arrowhead.
Cowser, a senior guard, scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter – including 11 straight just when the Wolverines needed it most.
“Cowser was really good in that fourth quarter,” said Arrowhead coach Craig Haase, whose team leveled off at 2-2 in league, 3-3 overall. “He’s a very, very good player. We got worn down a bit in the fourth and their best player took over. You can talk all you want about other stuff but the difference was Earnest Cowser in the fourth quarter.”
West coach Dave Schultz agreed.
“Earnest is an explosive scorer,” Schultz said. “He did a good job of staying aggressive even when things weren’t going his way. Earnest kind of finished the game.”
With the victory, Waukesha West improved to 3-1 in conference play, 6-1 overall.
West jumped out to an early lead after senior Pat Reuter scored 11 of West’s first 17 points. A late fivepoint scoring flurry by Arrowhead senior Matt Calewarts cut West’s lead to 19-18 after one quarter.
The game stayed close throughout the second quarter until a 6 for 7 showing from the free throw line helped the Wolverines grab a 36-30 halftime lead.
Arrowhead pulled even in the third quarter, 39-39, when sophomore Brian Wilman sank a jump shot at the 3:22 mark. The Warhawks then went ahead 41-39 on two free throws by senior Ricky Finco and 45-43 by quarter’s end after two baskets underneath by senior Billy Hirschfeld.
West regained the lead, 46-45, early in the final quarter when sophomore Travon Love hit a 3-pointer at the 7:23 mark.
From there, it was all Cowser.
A 3-pointer started his 11point run that gave West its 57-49 lead. A left-handed layup with 5:20 to go and baseline jumper at sandwiched another 3-pointer in Cowser’s run.
A steal and lay up by Cowser with 3:05 left gave West a 61-51 lead. The Wolverines went 8 of 10 from the line to close it out.
West outscored the Arrowhead 26-16 in the final quarter.
“It was neck and neck,” said Cowser, when asked to describe the game. “Early on in the game, I was kind of struggling and not hitting my shots. But I didn’t get down on myself or tell myself to stop shooting or stop penetrating. I just kept doing what I do naturally. Eventually, the shots fell.”
Cowser said there was more to it than hitting the shots.
“We locked down defensively in that fourth quarter,” he said. “Sometimes we
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Waukesha West sophomore forward D. P. Burt goes to the basket during Tuesday’s game against Arrowhead.
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Cowser’s 21 leads West past Muskego
Burt grabs school-record 22 rebounds for Wolverines
MUSKEGO – Senior guard Earnest Cowser scored 11 of his game-high 21 points to lead the Waukesha West High School boys basketball team to an 85-75 Classic 8 Conference victory over Muskego on Friday.
Cowser made 9 of 13 free throws in the final period as the Wolverines were 28 for 41 for the game.
Sophomore center D.P. Burt scored 18 points for West, and he set a school record with 22 rebounds. The previous record was 21 by T.J. Goodyear in 1994 in a game against Arrowhead. Burt also blocked five shots.
“He’s a young player, and there’s going to be some ups and downs,” West coach Dave Schultz said. “We’ve got some perimeter guys who are the focus. We did a better job getting him the ball, and he was aggressive.”
West took a 36-26 halftime lead, but Muskego tied the game at 53-53 with a thirdquarter run. Senior Nate Walz hit two 3-pointers early in the fourth to give West the lead for good at 65-59.
“It was an offensive game, and they made their run,” Schultz said of Muskego. “Obviously, the third quarter was a disaster defensively for us, but we responded when we had to.”
Walz scored 15 for West (5-0 overall, 2-0 Classic 8), and sophomore forward Travon Love added 14.
Senior forward Turner Kehoe and junior swingman Brandon Glandt scored 19 apiece for Muskego (2-3, 0-2), and junior guard Cal Schultz added 10.
Another balanced effort leads to home opening victory. Earnest Cowser and Travon Love both scored 12 points to lead a balanced scoring effort. Pat Reuter with 11 points and Nate Walz with 10 points gave West 4 different double digit scorers for the game.
Waukesha West - 72 DC Everest - 46
The Wolverines jumped out to a 15-3 1st quarter lead and cruised to a 72 to 46 season opening victory. Earnest Cowser lead a balanced team effort with 14 points and 9 assists. Corian Davis followed with 13 points, 7 steals and a team high 6 rebounds. Dyson Chmura and Drew Rhodes each with 12 points along with 10 points from Nate Walz rounded out the 5 double digit scorers for the game. The Wolverines had 21 total team assists.
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Game Times for Tuesday, November 26th
Freshmen Game at 5:30pm on Court 1
JV game at 5:45 on Main Court
Varsity Game at 7:30pm